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6 Ways To Remove Menstrual Cup Smell

“How do I remove the funk from my menstrual cup?” Don’t be embarrassed.- It’s not the first time that we’ve heard this question…

23 03 2015

“How do I remove the funk from my menstrual cup?” Don’t be embarrassed.- It’s not the first time that we’ve heard this question… To answer this easily, the team at Lunette have complied 6 easy and effective tips to getting rid of menstrual cup odor.

  1. Boil your menstrual cup. Boil your cup for 5-10 minutes. Make sure you use a deep pot to boil your menstrual cup otherwise you will risk burning or warping your menstrual care device!
  2. Rubbing Alcohol. Wipe thoroughly or soak your menstrual cup for an hour with rubbing alcohol. (Soaking in hydrogen peroxide 3% will freshen it too.) Pro tip: You can also use a toothpick soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean out your menstrual cup holes. Allow your cup to air dry in the sun completely before use.
  3. Lemon Juice. Soak your menstrual cup for an hour, or wipe down with lemon juice. Be sure to boil your menstrual cup for a few minutes to get rid of any lemon juice residue before use!
  4. Spirit Vinegar. Make a solution of half water and half vinegar and soak your menstrual cup for an hour.
  5. Cleansing wipes, specifically for menstrual cups. The Lunette CupWipes are a great, easy option for sanitizing your Lunette menstrual cup when you don’t have a chance to rinse it with water. The wipes are individually wrapped and fit conveniently in your purse or pocket. You can use your Lunette menstrual cup anywhere you go – at the gym, office or even camping!
  6. Menstrual cup wash. The Lunette Feelbetter Liquid Wash is designed for washing a silicone cup. But you can also use some other liquid soap that is fragrance-free, oil-free and has a mild to acidic pH (between 3,5 and 5,5). Just be sure it does not contain oils, since they can stick to the cup and create a film that could irritate the body.

Do NOT use washing up liquid or wash your cup in the dishwasher!

Some women just have a stronger odor in their menstrual flow (and also one’s sense of smell is better during your period.) Pro tip: Always rinse the cup first with cold water- it helps!

Leave comments


Meredith 31 12 2015

I've soaked mine in bi-carb and boiling water with a litte tea tree oil. Not sure if this is damaging or not though.

Team Lunette 04 01 2016

Hi Meredith!

A drop of oil is fine. Bigger amount makes harm to the cup.


Mia 14 01 2016

I've put mine in a little vinegar and 1/2 tea spoon of baking soda... Is that damaging for the cup?

Lunette Team 18 01 2016

Hi Mia!

That is not damaging the cup at all :)

Amelia 08 02 2016

Hi is it okay to soak a silicone cup in 5% hydrogen peroxide?

Lunette Team 08 02 2016

Hi Amelia!

Yes it is :)

Annie 25 02 2016

Would apple cider vinegar also work or does it have to be white vinegar?

Lunette Team 29 02 2016

Hi Annie!

Apple cider vinegar works as well! :)

kelly 18 06 2016

Question - you soak it between removal during period or just after ?

Lunette Team 18 06 2016

Hi Kelly! You don't need to soak it unless there is an extra smell, then soaking between periods is normally fine.

15 10 2016

Oh dear... I have been washing it every time I empty it with hot hot hot water and some hand soap sometimes. I have been doing it all wrong. Maybe summers eve wash in a pinch? 😊 Gonna definitely gonna vinegar or boil it.

mhaigh 01 11 2016

Can I microwave the lunette in a large mug with water?

Liz 05 11 2016

I love the Lunette cup wash. It's so easy and there is a sense of trust with it having "Lunette" on it. 😅💖

Lunette Team 09 11 2016

Hi there!

We don't recommend to use normal soap since their pH is really high and therefore not good for vagina. To prevent the discoloring, rinse the cup first with cold water and then with warm :)

Boiling the cup for 10 minutes is the best way to disinfect the cup perfectly!


Lunette Team 09 11 2016

Hi mhaigh and Liz!

The cup should be completely in the boiling water for 10 minutes and if you can do that with microwave, it is fine :)

And glad to hear that you like our cup wash Liz! :) It is custom made for medical grade silicon and is safe for the cup and vagina! :)


Yulia 02 04 2017

Is it ok to get smaller size? Although over 30 and having given birth, I am very petite 5 feet or 151cm tall, with low cervix... or will it overflow? I only have what feels like heavy period first two days and I only use pads, tampons (smallest size) overnight for first two nights... appreciate your advice

Lunette Team 03 04 2017

Hi Yulia!

Of course! Feel free to use size 1 if it feels comfortable :) And based on what you told, I believe it will be very suitable for you :)